Whether you’ve been recycling at your place of business for years, or are contemplating a new recycling program, it’s important to stay current on recycling best practices in order to maximize participation and financial savings. At BizRecycling, our team addresses a lot of misconceptions about recycling, so we wanted to address three recycling myths.
Myth 1: I don’t need to explain my recycling system – people know what to do!
While it may be true that customers and employees know how to recycle at home, most cities have their own recycling guidelines, depending on the hauler. What might be acceptable at the residential level, such as putting all recyclable materials into a single bin – may vary among your employees and customers, and may not be okay with the hauler that services your business. That’s why it’s so important to clearly and consistently label recycling containers, and even post signs reminding people to sort their recycling.
Myth 2: Recycling won’t really save me any money
The amount of money your business will save depends on the type, quantity and frequency of the waste you produce – but recycling will certainly save you some money, simply because you’ll be reducing the total weight and volume of your hauled trash. You pay fees that are calculated as a percentage of the cost paid. Quite simply, less trash means lower fees, and more savings.
Myth 3: My business is small, so it doesn’t matter if we recycle
Actually, every little bit matters, and the impact really adds up! In 2014, BizRecycling’s consultants conducted nearly 170 site visits, eventually resulting in waste reduction programs that diverted 7.4 million pounds of recyclable materials and organics away from the garbage, or $34,000 in savings. And, soon recycling will be a legal matter: In 2014, the Minnesota State Legislature passed a law requiring almost all businesses in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area to recycle at least three types of material, such as paper, metal and plastic, by Jan. 1, 2016. Businesses that already recycle, or start programs now, will be ahead of the game in the New Year!